Social media sites, seemingly innocent sources of entertainment, can make users feel connected and lonely simultaneously, causing them to embrace their isolation. Social media users isolate themselves by only posting positive aspects of their lives, therefore denying themselves any real chance at a meaningful connection with others. In the article “Why Social Makes Us Even More Lonely,” Mordecai Hunter states, “Despite being constantly connected, people are still feeling alone.” Social media makes people feel more lonely because it gives them the illusion of connectivity. One cannot form and maintain real relationships without allowing others to see their true selves.
Technology is vastly changing how people communicate and interact with each other that some fear it may be changing humanity for the worse. Whether technology users are interrelating with loved ones or acquaintances and bosses, many people, especially the Millennials, prefer an always-connected life in the digital world. Two authors explore the manifestations of new communication practices through technology. In “Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other,” Sherry Turkle describes how technology creates a paradox- easy human connections as well as easy disconnections. Ian Frazier explores the same social disengagements due to technology in “Dearly Disconnected.”
He states that communicating through e-mail and social media allows us to feel social, but it is only isolating us even more. In comparison to Theodore, Lickerman claims that humans are “mistaking [their] electronic relationships for physical ones” (Lickerman 1). We have become so invested on using technology that human interaction, something so essential and common, makes us feel uncomfortable and isolated. Communicating via e-mail and texts has made it “easier to injure friendships online than in person because of the ease of creating misunderstandings electronically” (Lickerman 2). A person may send a text with one intention and the receiver may misinterpret it, effectively creating problems that could have been avoided if it were an in-person conversation.
Technology, particularly the social media related websites, helps people to engage and connect with other people around the world. It also helps alleviate loneliness and isolation for senior citizens, and social media is an integral part of today’s society, even though social networks might indeed be causing loneliness mostly in teens. Firstly, Internet is a incredible tool sustaining new trends and technological advancements with each passing day. And here, the highest point, undoubtedly and widely accepted, seems to be the social networking sites which are to stay for eternity.
The Negative Impact from Social Media Social media is something so beneficial yet comes with so many consequences. It was created and intended to be used as a different form of communication but as time goes on people have begun to use not only social media but the internet in their own ways such as, keeping their toddlers from throwing another tantrum, or binge watching the latest season of their favorite show. It’s amazing that we can do all of this with such a small device now but the impact it leaves can be very damaging. Anything on social media or even our own devices, is never private.
For example: If a person is comfortable with seeing their partner with other people or in a social circle being posted in media, this will not affect the relationship. However, if a person is of a jealous nature it could end up being very disastrous for the couple. Your relationship will not only be based on trust and loyalty but also the understanding of one another and the sharing of emotions. These are very important factors to abide when you are in a
The chats on Ashely Madison quickly progress into personal conversations, they feel less judged and pressure. People online feel removed from what is really happening. People tend to share their deepest fantasies and take more risks. Next thing they know they are hiding the chats from their spouses and as soon as there is confidentiality, infidelity is taking place. (Turkle 2012:
The second article that i wanted compare it is “How to Tell a Flatterer from a Friend”. Generation of social media has forgetter what is the flatterer friend and what is the pure one. A lot of people are becoming a flatterer to look better in society. Every day tones of people fighting for the recognition on the internet and they showing that they are your friends, but they are not. It is sad to see how people trade their values and beliefs for the virtual reality that is not going to bring any benefit for the society, but their own ego.
I think that the positives to being on all the social media is it is an effortless way to stay in contact with family and friends. It also gives us a more understanding on what is going on in the world and how a person feels about a certain topic. But I do see the negatives on not knowing someone’s tone in the message and we put it in our own context. Or we think a post of negativity is aimed at us and it really isn’t.
The rhetorical situation here involved a post that simply showed my feelings and experiences in a way so people connected to me through that media could read. Some people still manage to avoid social media altogether. But most see that as unrealistic in many ways, and are unwilling to be deprived of the advantages social media affords in terms of connecting to people and collecting information. Many in some way recreate in social media the kinds of boundaries, or mental fences, they use in real life to organize their worlds. These boundaries serve people well offline, and they can perform their function online, too.
With the growing importance of social media in modern life, you see the increase in the popularity of technology across all age groups. Technology gives people a simple and easy way to communicate with others and to gather information. Because social media comes with multiple benefits it is seen only as a positive in modern day. This may not be exactly the case. Through my recent readings, I have found that social media does in fact have significant drawbacks and because of this I feel that people should cut back on their daily routine of technology use and social media. We have these interactions with “friends” over social media, and because we are having these interactions we believe that they are significant interactions.
“94 percent of teens who have a smartphone use it daily” (Tarshis, 19). As a result, the overuse of technology is ruining relationships between people. According to “Is Technology Killing our Friendships?” by Lauren Tarshis and “How Smartphones Could Be Ruining Your Relationship” by Barrie Davenport, many people disagree over whether technology is destroying relationships. Some people believe that technology is bringing us closer than ever before because we can stay in constant contact with each other. However, others feel that technology is actually killing our relationships.